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1. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty. (Evelyn)

2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. In politics I hear you 're stanch. (prior)

3. Close; secret; private. This to be kept stanch. (locke)

Origin: From Stanch, and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. Estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See Stanch

Alternative forms: staunch.

1. To stop the flowing of, as blood; to check; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, to stanch a wound.

Alternative forms: staunch] Iron or a stone laid to the neck doth stanch the bleeding of the nose. (bacon)

2. To extinguish; to quench, as fire or thirst.

Origin: OF. Estanchier, F. Etancher to stpo a liquid from flowing; akin to Pr, Sp, & Pg. Estancar, It. Stancare to weary, LL. Stancare, stagnare, to stanch, fr. L. Stagnare to be or make stagnant. See Stagnate.

To cease, as the flowing of blood. Immediately her issue of blood stanched. (Luke viii. 44)